By Bob Hiller - This past Sunday, the power went out in our church while I was preaching. Perhaps it was an act of God trying to save His dear flock from my sermon or the devil trying to silence the Word. Or most likely, it was a problem with the power lines. Regardless, our … Continue reading Liturgy in the Dark
By Cindy Koch - Our children are hungry. Wide-eyed, they look up to you for a meal of daily bread. When it’s cold, they shiver and pull you close. When it’s dark, they search for your strong arm to comfort them. When they are given that Word of Life spoken to them, declaring them to … Continue reading Starving our Kids
By Tim Winterstein - There are more prominent hucksters in American religion, but perhaps none as honest as Marjoe Gortner. “Charlatan” is a word custom made for him. I'm not sure why I hadn't come across the 1972 Academy Award-winning documentary Marjoe before I found it on Sundance Now (you can also see the full … Continue reading Holy Ghost Hypocrisy
By Paul Koch - “Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity.” Ecclesiastes 1:2 On Christmas Day, I took my family to see the latest installment of the Star Wars franchise, The Last Jedi. And while there is much to be critiqued about this film, and much that has been critiqued, … Continue reading A Time for Every Matter in Star Wars
By Graham Glover - Today is the 10th day of Christmas, and like many of you, I have spent much of the past month meditating on the Nativity and Second Advent of Christ. The Church’s lectionary readings, hymnody, and propers are rich with references to the life of our Lord during this season, all preparing … Continue reading What About Mary?
By Jeff Pulse - The Old Testament text for this Sunday, January 7, 2018, is from the first book of Kings. The text is I Kings 3:4-15, which brings us the familiar story of young King Solomon and his request for wisdom from the LORD God. There are a few things of note which should … Continue reading OT Encounters: 1 Kings 3:4-15 – The Gift of Wisdom
By Jonathan Holmes - The other day I learned that we are not allowed to “celebrate Santa Clause” at my school. Why? Because he isn’t real. That’s a bad argument, if you ask me. Why? Because he is very real. Yes, Santa Clause is real. Oh, you would rather tell them of the generosity of … Continue reading Will the Real Santa Clause Please Stand Up